Gambian journalist Kebba Ansu Manneh of The Chronicle has made it to the list of finalists for the 2020 edition of the prestigious West Africa Media Excellence Awards (WAMECA 2020) organized by the Media Foundation West Africa. This year’s event will be held on Saturday, November 14, at the Swiss Spirit Alisa Hotel, Accra, Ghana and will be graced by media experts, high-level personalities and delegates from sub-regional bodies and civil society groups.
Mr Manneh was also recently awarded the best Agriculture reporter by the Gambia Press Union.
The 2020 West Africa Media Excellence Awards received 740 entries from 13 countries in West Africa. The five-members jury after a thorough review of the entries shortlisted 20 finalists from six countries.
The shortlisted finalists for WAMECA 2020 are:
Moussa Ngom, La Maison Des Reporters, Senegal
Olatunji Ololade, The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria
Sawadogo Delvende Elza Sandrine Clotilde, L’Economiste du Faso, Burkina Faso
Kebba Ansu Manneh, The Chronicle Newspaper, The Gambia
Adwoa Adobea-Owusu, TV3, Ghana
Fisayo Soyombo, The Cable / ICIR, Nigeria
Elom Kossi Attissogbe, La Nouvelle Tribune, Togo
Oladimeji Ramon, The Punch Newspaper, Nigeria
Number Souaibou, Les Editions Sidwaya, Burkina Faso
Beryl Ernestina Richter, Joy News, Ghana
Innocent Duru, The Nation Newspaper, Nigeria
Baguiri Chamszou-Dinner, Radio Arzèkè, Benin
Akodia Ezékiel Ada, L’Observateur Paalga, Burkina Faso
Kelechukwu Iruoma, Ripples Nigeria, Nigeria
Manasseh Azure Awuni, Freelance Journalist, Ghana
Kemi Busari, PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria
Yvette Zongo, Les Éditions Lefaso, Burkina Faso
Solomon Joojo Cobbinah, Joy News, Ghana
Funke Busari, PREMIUM TIMES, Nigeria
Dimitri Ouedraogo, Lefaso.net, Burkina Faso
The winners for the various categories including the West African Journalist of the Year will be announced at the Awards event.
All finalists will receive a Certificate of Merit. Ultimate winners will receive plaques, certificates and cash prizes.
All 20 finalists will also be inducted as fellows of the MFWA’s Journalism for Change Network and will be offered regular training opportunities both locally and internationally to enhance their capacity to influence positive change in society through journalism.
West Africa Media Excellence Conference and Awards (WAMECA 2020 is supported by MTN-Ghana, the US Embassy in Ghana, OSIWA and Stanbic Bank. The event is also supported by about 65 media partners across West Africa.